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Labor Day holiday a tailwind for economic recovery

With roads, hotels and popular scenic spots packed with millions of people, the five-day Labor Day holiday is a testament to China’s success in COVID-19 containment and economic recovery.

Citizens across China expected this year’s holiday to be an occasion for leisure not seen since the pandemic. After all, everyone had stayed put long enough.

Official data showed 230 million domestic tourist trips were made during the holiday, up 119.7 percent from last year. In Jinan, the provincial capital of east China’s Shandong, over 60,000 passengers took flights from the Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport on April 30, a record high for that date since it opened to air traffic in 1992 and surpassing the highest daily volume in 2019.

Hotel booking rates surged in tourist destinations. Sanya in the southern Hainan province saw the prices increase by as much as 400 percent. Tickets for popular attractions, many of which can be reserved online, generally sold out days in advance.

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